Gathan Beaga

his dark materials

As I finished this trilogy of “children’s” books by Philip Pullman the other week, I couldn’t help thinking that the fundamentalist christian types were barking up the wrong tree when condemning Harry Potter. That milk-sop wizard doesn’t star in a remade Paradise Lost, where God gets accidentally put out of his misery by the two lead characters, and the fascist tyrant angel leading heaven during God’s senescence is finally cast into the abyss. Oh no.

But I’m unnecessarily giving away details here. Just read it… and laugh at the audacity of Pullman in sneaking these themes and literary allusions into a children’s book series.

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